Mid-Prairie drops opening game
Mid-Prairie softball opened up the state softball tournament on Monday morning, but couldn’t get the bats going right away.
Three innings into the game, the Hawks found themselves down 3-0 to the No. 2 ranked team in Class 3A, East Marshall.
Mid-Prairie fought to stay in the game as the team picked up its first hit in the fifth, a double by Ali Naylor.
A sacrifice bunt moved her to third and Alex Rath drove her home with a double to make it 3-1.
Rath stole second and third, but a lineout ended the Hawks’ threat in the fifth.
An East Marshall homer in the bottom of the fifth gave them the run back as the lead was re-extended to three runs.
Amber Kral drew her third walk of the day in the sixth inning, and after Emma Troyer walked, the Hawks were threatening with one out.
A groundout advanced the runners, but a screaming line drive was caught by the third baseman to end the inning.
Chelsea Kral led off the top of the seventh with a single, and was driven home on a one-out single by Rath.
Lexi Duwa followed that up with a single of her own to put runners on first and second, before Amber Kral singled to left field to score Rath.
Good defense on the play by East Marshall got Duwa caught in a run down for the second out.
A strikeout ended the game, sending Mid-Prairie to the consolation rounds which will begin tomorrow.
The Hawks will play the loser of Bondurant-Farrar and West Burlington Notre Dame at 9 a.m.